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Is it double identity, or is it just wishful thinking? Some say that Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare are actually one and the same. Others say it is all “poppy-cock.” It could just be a romantic notion. Shakespeare, or someone helping Shakespeare, took the subject matter from Marlowe's four plays and used them to create thirty-eight plays of his own, but was Shakespeare Christopher Marlowe in disguise? When the evidence is reviewed, the idea that Christopher Marlowe faked his death and resurfaced as William Shakespeare becomes quite believable.
Who was Christopher Marlowe? Biography.com tells us that he was born in Canterbury in February of 1564. He was a well educated, well traveled man of intrigue who was a spy for the Queen. He attended Corpus Christi College, Cambridge from 1580 to 1587, and although he received his bachelors of arts in 1584, the college hesitated granting his master's degree. Apparently, he had been excessively absent from classes and was suspected to be converting to Roman Catholicism which would have meant transferring to another college. Instead, the Privy Counsel sent a letter stating that Marlowe was currently taking care of matters concerning his country, and the college awarded his degree as planned. The matters concerning his country allude to the secret agent status that Marlowe held. In support of that idea, cafeteria records indicate that Marlowe spent abundant amounts of money on food and drink while at the college. He would not have been able to spend such large amounts with only his scholarship money to live on. He did not continue to be a spy, however, and moved to London to write full-time. Evidently, Marlowe had quite a temper. There are several accounts of altercations that he ...


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... do YOU stand? On the belief that Marlowe is Shakespeare – or that Shakespeare simply used Marlowe's works and maybe others to create his own?


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"Christopher Marlowe." 2013. The Biography Channel website. http://www.biography.com/people/christopher-marlowe-9399572. Nov 13 2013, 08:43
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Bacino, Ted. http://www.theshakespeareconspiracy.com/. 2010. Web.
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The Marlowe Studies: The Christopher Marlowe Library. http://www.themarlowestudies.org. Nov 19 2013, 6:38.
"William Shakespeare." 2013. The Biography Channel website. Nov 19 2013, 05:41 http://www.biography.com/people/william-shakespeare-9480323.


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